Greetings to One and All! Dancing Lights Grove, ADF will be holding our Lughnasadh Ritual and Games on Saturday, August 6, 2011, and everyone is invited!
Lughnasadh is the beginning of the harvest season, and the time of the funeral games of the Celtic goddess Tailtiu. Tailtiu died clearing a forest for her… people, her heart breaking from the strain of the labour. She asked that funeral games be instituted in her honour, and her foster-son Lugh led the first games, while lamenting his foster-mother.
We will also honour Tailtiu by taking part in the funeral games for her. There will be various games, each with different challenges and skills – everything from strength and agility to carrying sheep. Guests wishing to attend the ritual but not participate in the Games are encouraged to come out and cheer on the competitors!
After the Games, we will hold a ritual honouring Lugh, the king of the Tuatha De Danann. Lugh is a multi-talented god, the Master of All Skills, a god of crafts and warriors, the harvest and marketplace.
Please do NOT bring alcohol for offerings or to share; it is prohibited by the site. Please do bring water for yourself.
YOU MAY CAMP OVERNIGHT. Please bring your own camping equipment, food, musical instruments, and any other supplies you may need.
WHERE IS IT?
This ritual will be at Heber Down Conservation Area, Group Camping Site 1. This is in Whitby, ON.
When you reach the end of Country Lane, do not go in the main entrance of Heber Down, turn RIGHT instead. At the end of the road is a gate marking the entrance to the site; one of our Members will be waiting there to give directions.
Please note there is no kitchen/electricity to warm up food.
WHEN IS IT?
Saturday, August 6 at 2:30 p.m.
The Games will begin at 3:00 p.m., ritual and feast will follow.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
- Material offerings and/or praise offerings for Lugh, Tailtiu or any other deity you wish to honour (no alcohol please);
- Weather-appropriate clothing – THIS RITUAL WILL BE OUTSIDE;
- For those participating in the Games, comfortable clothing and shoes;
- A dish for our potluck (please label all potential allergens – nuts, dairy, etc.) and your own plates and cutlery; please note there is no electricity;
- $5 (or pay what you can) to help cover the rental cost of the site;
- A non-perishable food item for Simcoe Hall Settlement House;
- CAMPING EQUIPMENT IF YOU ARE STAYING OVERNIGHT.
See you there!